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Saturday 12 December - 2pm and 7pm

The Royal Opera House presents

The Nutcracker

Recorded live in 2016

The Royal Ballet celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Starring Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.

Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life.

Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

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Tickets: Adult £16, Child £10.50
Concession tickets are available to students and those claiming any benefits. Please email merlintheatreoffice@gmail.com to book.

Recorded in 2016

Running time: approx 2hrs 20mins plus interval

Suitable for all ages

We will allocate seating to our patrons on the night so please arrive in good time. Although we will make every effort to accommodate all parties, it may not be possible for large groups to be seated together. Please bear with us on this.

If you have access requirements or additional needs please email merlincoordinator@gmail.com, preferably a minimum of 24 hours before the performance. If this is not possible, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance and make yourself known to the Front of House Manager.

Masks must be worn whilst inside all public areas and for the duration of the performance. Please feel free to remove your mask outside or in the loo.